Saturday, December 30, 2006
Want to see what it looks like? Check out this example.
The nice thing about an online display versus a physical book display in the library is that the books can still be viewed, even if they've already been checked out.
DK Clip Art - Download photos from Dorling Kindersley's famous photographs in a variety of categories. [found via]
Free Printable Coloring Pages and Free Coloring Sheets - pretty self-explanatory. These are part of a series of "free printable" sites that include stationery, fax cover sheets, and certificates.
Friday, December 22, 2006
The impetus for this study was "concern about what has been referred to as the farm income crisis." However, it addresses more than just the farm sector. The mandate of the Committee in conducting this study is to:
(a) examine the dimension and depth of rural poverty in Canada;
(b) conduct an assessment of Canada's comparative standing in this area, relative to other OECD countries;
(c) examine the key drivers of reduced opportunity for rural Canadians;
(d) provide recommendations for measures mitigating rural poverty and reduced opportunity for rural Canadians
As mentioned, this is an interim report. The final report is due no later than April 30, 2007.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
The work this organization is doing is really exciting. They have installed systems in Ghana, Haiti, Uganda. Rwanda and Mali. Go to the website to get more details on the open ICT systems they have created, as well as their current projects.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
The articles do tend to be long-ish and are written in an academic style, which may be off-putting to some. But, even just glancing over the table of contents and article abstracts of the current issues (two issues have been published so far - the planned schedule is two issues per year) can give you a sense of some of the issues being considered and studied. For example:
- Trends in Service Delivery: Examples From Rural and Small Town Canada, 1998 to 2005
- Communications & Capacity Building: Exploring Clues from the Literature For Rural Community Development
- Community Services and Resources for Depressed Women in Two Rural Regions of Nova Scotia
This journal will be a good tool in helping us see where the local library can have a role in rural commuity development.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I'm always looking for ways to do things "on the cheap" and I have discovered a couple ways to save a few bucks on my phone bill. These might also work in the small library environment.
Option 1) 10-10 "dial-around service." I had previously been very skeptical of these services. But, if you do your homework, you can save quite a bit on long-distance charges. (For example, I currently pay $0.05/minute versus $0.15 to $0.36/minute plus admin feeds). Some may find it a bit of a pain to dial an extra seven digits before a ten-digit long-distance number. But, if it is a number you call frequently, you can just program your speed dial to dial all seventeen digits - easy one-button savings!
Option 2) Skype. This is a free download that enables you to make calls over the internet (a better explanation of the service can be found here). The best part is that you can make calls to any other Skype user for free, regardless of location. Alternately, if you want to call someone who does not use Skype, you can subscribe to the SkypeOut service, which allows you to place Skype calls to landline phones for the very reasonable fee of $29.95 per year (not per month, per year). Until January 31, 2007, this subscription is available for $14.95 - even better!
Each of these options will require a small time investment to get them set up. But, once that is done, saving money will be as easy as making a phone call!